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No Easy Way (clip 1)

Allan Wells: One Man's Olympics

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Intimate documentary following the Edinburgh sprinter Allan Wells and his gruelling preparations for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, where he won Gold in the 100m and Silver in the 200m. Features footage of Wells training.

Questions & Activities


  • How many different exercises can you see in this clip? What is each exercise for?
  • What impression do you get of the training room? Is it the sort of place you would expect an Olympic athlete to train?
  • Can you identify at least one extreme close-up? Out of focus shot? Zoom shot? What effect is created by these shots?
  • Why do you think the filmmaker chose not to use music over the montage of Allan Wells training?


Find out what is involved in preparing for major international competitions. What support and resources do modern athletes have and need?

Why do humans sweat and what are the biological processes involved?

The film presents a major sports star in a realistic 'fly-on-the-wall' style. Compare this with how sports stars are presented in different media, such as advertisements or campaigns.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-363-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Pelicular Films
Project Ref 4713
Date 1980
Genre Documentary
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, Sciences, Media Studies
Who (athlete), Allan Wells (sprinter)
Where Edinburgh
Event Olympic Games
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 3:13